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Monday, January 16, 2006

MLK day

This very worthy national day of observance of Dr. Martin Luther King is nearly over. But I just now opened an email from Republican Chairman, Ken Mehlman. I think it's worth reprinting here, as it's important to remember that Republicans are every bit as keen on the spirit and ideas of Dr. King as all Americans should be.
Sorry I'm posting this so late in the day. I hope you took a moment to remember those ideas and that spirit. That's really what the day is all about and that's a good part of what being an American is.

Today, we reflect upon the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and rededicate ourselves to fulfilling his Dream. In the courageous struggle for civil rights, we find the inspiration to grow more united as a Nation and stronger as a Party by welcoming Americans from every race and every background to our cause.

Under this President's leadership, we have made great strides towards fulfilling the promise of opportunity for every American. Thanks to the President's bold education reforms, we have narrowed the achievement gap between white and African American children. The homeownership rate among African Americans is near record highs, and African Americans are starting new businesses at a rate double the national average. And President Bush is leading the way in reforming Social Security and Medicare so that those who most rely on these programs have more choices and better benefits.

In this President's Administration and at the highest levels of our party, African Americans are leading the way. We are proud to be the party of Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Alphonso Jackson and Rod Paige. Leaders like Michael Steele from my native Maryland make me proud to be a Republican - and Michael is joined by a growing number of African American candidates and officeholders in our Republican family.

We have come a long way, but we are only part way along in this journey of progress and opportunity. Let me be clear. No matter how many elections Republicans win, no matter how many times we hold the White House, no matter how many seats in Congress, the party of Lincoln will not be whole again until more African Americans come back home.

Quoting scripture, Dr. King said "Let justice roll down like the waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." These words remind us that the principles of freedom and equal opportunity for which Dr. King heroically stood endure beyond the life of one man, and must be advanced not just on this day, but every day.


Ken Mehlman
Chairman, Republican National Committee

P.S. In February, we celebrate some of our nation's most extraordinary achievements during Black History Month. Watch our African American Team Web site for special features throughout the month.


  • At 12:35 AM, Blogger samrocha said…

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